1 Samuel 24:13
New International Version
As the old saying goes, ‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’ so my hand will not touch you.

New Living Translation
As that old proverb says, ‘From evil people come evil deeds.’ So you can be sure I will never harm you.

English Standard Version
As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes wickedness.’ But my hand shall not be against you.

Berean Study Bible
As the old proverb says, ‘Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.’ But my hand will never be against you.

King James Bible
As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

New King James Version
As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.’ But my hand shall not be against you.

New American Standard Bible
As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes wickedness’; but my hand shall not be against you.

NASB 1995
“As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness’ but my hand shall not be against you.

NASB 1977
“As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness’; but my hand shall not be against you.

Amplified Bible
As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes wickedness’; but my hand shall not be against you.

Christian Standard Bible
As the old proverb says, ‘Wickedness comes from wicked people.’ My hand will never be against you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As the old proverb says, ‘Wickedness comes from wicked people.’ My hand will never be against you.

American Standard Version
As saith the proverb of the ancients, Out of the wicked cometh forth wickedness; but my hand shall not be upon thee.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As it is said in a proverb of the ancients: “From the wicked will come forth wickedness”, and my hand will not be against you!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As the old proverb says, Transgression will proceed from the wicked ones: but my hand shall not be upon thee.

Contemporary English Version
An old proverb says, "Only evil people do evil things," and so I won't harm you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As also it is said in the old proverb: From the wicked shall wickedness come forth: therefore my hand shall not be upon thee. After whom dost thou come out, O king of Israel?

English Revised Version
As saith the proverb of the ancients, Out of the wicked cometh forth wickedness: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

Good News Translation
You know the old saying, 'Evil is done only by evil people.' And so I will not harm you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's like people used to say long ago, 'Wickedness comes from wicked people.' But I will not lay a hand on you.

International Standard Version
Just like the ancient proverb says, 'From wicked people comes wickedness,' but I'm not against you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As saith the proverb of the ancients: Out of the wicked cometh forth wickedness; but my hand shall not be upon thee.

Literal Standard Version
as the allegory of the ancients says, Wickedness goes out from the wicked, and my hand is not on you.

NET Bible
It's like the old proverb says: 'From evil people evil proceeds.' But my hand will not be against you.

New Heart English Bible
As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness;' but my hand shall not be on you.

World English Bible
As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness;' but my hand shall not be on you.

Young's Literal Translation
as saith the simile of the ancients, From the wicked goeth out wickedness, and my hand is not on thee.

Additional Translations ...
Context
David Spares Saul
12May the LORD judge between you and me, and may the LORD take vengeance on you, but my hand will never be against you. 13As the old proverb says, ‘Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.’ But my hand will never be against you. 14Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea?…

Cross References
Matthew 7:16
By their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

Matthew 12:34
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Ezekiel 16:44
Behold, all who speak in proverbs will quote this proverb about you: 'Like mother, like daughter.'


Treasury of Scripture

As said the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceeds from the wicked: but my hand shall not be on you.

Wickedness

Matthew 7:16-18
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? …

Matthew 12:33,34
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit…

Matthew 15:19
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:









(13) The proverb of the ancients.--Clericus, quoted by Lange, explains these words: "David means to say, that if he had been guilty of conspiracy against the king, he would not have neglected this favourable opportunity to kill him, since men usually indulge their feelings, and from a mind guilty of conspiracy nothing but corresponding deeds could come forth." So Grotius, who writes how "actions usually correspond to the quality of the mind." Erdmann quotes a Greek proverb: "From a bad raven comes a bad egg."



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
As
כַּאֲשֶׁ֣ר (ka·’ă·šer)
Preposition-k | Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

the old
הַקַּדְמֹנִ֔י (haq·qaḏ·mō·nî)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6931: Anterior, oriental

proverb
מְשַׁל֙ (mə·šal)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4912: A pithy maxim, a simile

says,
יֹאמַ֗ר (yō·mar)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

‘Wickedness
רֶ֑שַׁע (re·ša‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7562: Wickedness

proceeds
יֵ֣צֵא (yê·ṣê)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

from the wicked.’
מֵרְשָׁעִ֖ים (mê·rə·šā·‘îm)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7561: To be, wrong, to disturb, violate

But my hand
וְיָדִ֖י (wə·yā·ḏî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3027: A hand

will never
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

be
תִֽהְיֶה־ (ṯih·yeh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

against you.
בָּֽךְ׃ (bāḵ)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew


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